Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Force Americans to Fund Abortion Travel

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 8, 2022   |   4:29PM   |   Washington, DC

Two U.S. Senate Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would force Americans to fund the killing of unborn babies in abortions in states where the deadly practice is still legal.

According to The Hill, U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, and Patty Murray, of Washington state, want taxpayers to pay $350 million annually for travel expenses, lodging, childcare and meals for pregnant mothers who want elective abortions.

The money would go to pro-abortion groups that help pregnant mothers travel and organize the logistics of getting an abortion, especially for women who live in pro-life states, the report continues.

Baldwin portrayed the matter as a “health care” issue in a statement about their legislation, the Reproductive Health Travel Fund Act.

“Right now in states across the country, Americans are unable to make their own health care decisions,” the Wisconsin Democrat said. “Women in states like Wisconsin are being forced to travel out of state just to see a doctor for critical health care, including abortion. And for too many, the cost of travel, child care, overnight housing, and time away from work puts safe, comprehensive reproductive care totally out of reach.”

Murray echoed these claims, accusing pro-life Republicans of creating “a full-fledged health care crisis that is jeopardizing women’s health and forcing them to stay pregnant against their will.”

But pro-life laws are not restricting health care. Only the elective and unnecessary killing of unborn babies in abortions is banned or restricted. Wisconsin and a dozen other states began protecting unborn babies from abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, and about 10 more are fighting in court to do the same.

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Tens of thousands of doctors confirm that aborting unborn babies is not good medicine, and most OB-GYNs are unwilling to provide life-destroying abortion procedures.

“Abortion not only poses risk to the mother. It is always lethal to an unborn child. It is my opinion that abortion is not health care,” Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, a prominent OB-GYN and former Duke University School of Medicine professor, told Congress in September. “The goal of any abortion is … to kill the embryo or fetus, which is a human being.”

Many hospitals also have policies that prohibit or strictly limit abortions – another confirmation that aborting unborn babies is not health care.

Additionally, pro-life state laws always allow doctors to provide essential medical care, including miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy treatments and, in very rare cases, abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.

Research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute found 96 percent of abortions in the U.S. are done for purely elective reasons, while only 0.2 percent were because of risks to the mother’s life. Approximately 900,000 unborn babies are aborted in the U.S. every year.

Meanwhile, polls consistently show Americans oppose using their tax dollars for elective abortionsA 2021 Marist poll found 58 percent oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortion. Polls from Harvard University, Politico/Morning Consult and other groups have found similar results.

Abortion numbers are expected to drop dramatically as a result of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling. New research estimates state pro-life laws have saved as many as 10,000 unborn babies’ lives since June.